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Engineering plants and algae to make high value proteins

Project Advisor
Professor Beth Ahner -
Project Area/Concentration
environmental biotechnology

Project Description
Plants and algae can be engineered to produce and accumulated proteins of industrial or agricultural or medical use. Depending on the specific protein, production via plant or algae growth can have a comparative advantage. For example, if algae are grown as a protein supplement for animal feed, inclusion of enzymes that aid digestibility can increase the value of the product.

Possible Courses

Course number Course title
BEE 3600 Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
BEE 4600 Deterministic and Stochastic Modeling in Biological Engineering
BEE 4640 Bioseparation Processes
BEE 4890 Entrepreneurial Management for Engineers
BIOMG 6410 Laboratory in Plant Molecular Biology
CHEME 6310 Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery
PLBIO 4620 Plant Biochemistry
PLBIO 4831 Concepts and Techniques in Plant Molecular Biology